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NCAA bumps up college basketball practice date

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We talkin' about practice, y'all. The NCAA approved a rules proposal that moves the start of fall practice up two weeks. Previously, what was termed "Midnight Madness" for most programs came on or around October 15. Now, teams can start practicing in very early October -- not in an effort to practice every damn day and drive their conditioning drills into the ground, but rather to allow coaches to space out their practice schedules and develop the most appropriate program. Bonus bit of good thinking: As ESPN.com's Eamonn Brennan points out, this is also the rare instance where the NCAA moves quickly to set in motion a policy that actually makes some sense. This plan first surfaced about two weeks ago.

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